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Have you ever heard the expression, “Practice makes Perfect?” Well apparently it doesn’t work for me! I’ve been walking for over 50 years and the other day I just tripped. I wish I could say I tripped over something, but I looked, nothing there. I just stumbled over my own two feet after 50 years of practice. Now some of you might say it’s because I’m getting a little older, but I have to admit, I’ve been stumbling and tripping occasionally all along!
And what about swallowing, I know I’ve been doing that my entire life, but I sometimes still get it wrong. Take a drink and it goes down the wrong way and I end up coughing and spluttering. And by the way, I don’t think I’m the only one. I’ve watched some of you doing the same things! And, especially when we trip, we sort of look around to see if anyone noticed don’t we?
We all sometimes struggle with those simple, basic things. At the same time we expect perfection from ourselves and others in much more difficult arenas of life. In personal relationships or in our spiritual walk we can be hard on ourselves, expecting that we will never stumble or fall. And worse, we tend to be unforgiving and unkind to others who stumble or fall.
If we can’t take a stroll without tripping from time to time, what makes us expect that we’ll always walk with the Lord without stumbling? We sometimes swallow the wrong way eating a meal, what makes us think that we’ll never have to swallow our own words?
Maybe that’s why the Lord tells us, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”(Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
We all need forgiveness from time to time because we all stumble. We all need to be forgiven when we let selfishness get the best of us, when we say things we later regret. We need to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us, either intentionally or accidentally.
Not only that, we need to seek forgiveness from the Lord. Once we’ve trusted Him we are always His, but we can still wound our relationship with Him. Just like in a marriage, you can wound your relationship with the wrong words or actions, but you can restore it by seeking forgiveness. When we sin or fail the Lord we damage our relationship with Him. Thankfully the Lord is always looking to restore that relationship. He is always ready to forgive us when we stumble.
We all stumble along the path, whether it is walking the dog or walking with the Lord. Let’s never forgot that forgiveness is available and the Lord Himself will help us get back on the path if we’ll just trust Him. Enjoy your walk!